A larceny suspect attempted to elude authorities by leading on an erratic chase that ended with the man's capture in a Windsor neighborhood Wednesday.
Anthony Tarantino, 38, of 206 Skyline Dr., South Windsor, was charged with sixth-degree larceny, failure to obey signal of an officer, reckless driving and failure to display plates. He was held on a $25,000 cash bond, and was arraigned Thursday in .
Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said officers were called around 3 p.m. to the department store on Elm Street, where Tarantino had been seen concealing items totaling $239 in value.
When police arrived, Tarantino had left the store and was spotted driving a tan Chevrolet pickup truck heading west on Elm Street. The vehicle had no rear plate, Sferrazza said.
Tarantino drove in and out of traffic on Elm and turned south onto Interstate 91. The car weaved through traffic, even traveling in the breakdown lane on occasion before leaving the highway at exit 36 in Windsor, Sferrazza said.
The pickup truck continued driving erratically through side streets before being stopped on Colonial Avenue. Tarantino was arrested without further incident, Sferrazza said.
Sferrazza praised technology for helping officers make their way through unfamiliar streets.
"Our GPS system aided us greatly," the chief said. "Through that, our dispatcher was very helpful to the officers."